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PRESS STATEMENT: Mabus, 12th September 2001 PX 591

Attack on Pentagon & World Trade Center, New York:
a call for calm amidst the anger and grief.

      "The mysterious surprise attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York yesterday, by airliners crashed by persons unknown, was a shocking and cruel act, but we must not be hasty in setting blame," said the Prime Minister of the Republic of Liegerland, Mr Mark Portnick, at a press conference today.

      Calling for calm, Mr Portnick said it was easy to make a knee-jerk reaction and bomb or blame another person or country, but this seems rather silly. "Clearly there is more than meets the eye here, and I am reminded of the Reichstag fire in the early 1930s," he explained. He urged President Bush not to seek a military solution, but rather to go for the diplomatic route.

      The Prime Minister expressed the sympathies of himself and his government and people to the people of New York on the occasion of the disaster. "Our thoughts are with you in this distressing time," he declared, and added a call for Liegerlandese to donate to a special Help New York people fund, which has been started by the government.

by Francine Cremona, Liegerland News Agency.

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